episode 28 – isle of the mighty: england

Changeling the Podcast
Changeling the Podcast
episode 28 – isle of the mighty: england

So begins our trilogy of episodes on British setting supplement Isle of the Mighty, with a look at the first three chapters on England. It may seem a bit strange to dedicate so much recording time to this episode, but at just under 200 pages of text that is dense (both in terms of content and in terms of layout), we need the space. Even with the setting so richly described, the authors had to leave a lot out by necessity—so we talk about some of that in detail with special guest host, Andrew Goodman. This episode has been edited and massaged and compressed in order to get it to the point where it wouldn’t be our longest episode… and we managed to get it a few seconds shorter than the corebook episode. Victory! (But we still have Scotland and Wales to do, so…)

linky business

Herewith our social media links for the podcast:

And a couple places to find Andrew online:

a brief list of media

Near the end of the episode, we briefly go through a bunch of media items that might help you get an “English feel” to your game. The original plan was to link to videos and publishers’ pages and whatnot, but the hour is late and our listeners’ Google fu is strong, so here’s the list of names, and we’ll trust you to search them out successfully without our help:

  • Films: Gosford Park, Howards End (and other Merchant Ivory films), Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Secret Garden
  • TV:The Animals of Farthing Wood, Are You Being Served?, Blackadder, Downton Abbey, (some of) Dr. Who, EastEnders, Keeping Up Appearances, Midsomer Murders, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, panel shows like QI and Would I Lie To You?, The Crown, Waiting for God
  • Novels: The Dark is Rising, The Hobbit, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Watership Down
  • Music: The Beatles, Fairport Convention, The Fishermen’s Friends, Jethro Tull, The Sex Pistols, Steeleye Span, The Cure…

These are just the ones that we happened to mention directly, barely scratching the surface of the surface of the vast amount of media out there. Go have a look, and see what inspirations strike you for your Very English Chronicle…!

a pair of pinups

Well, maybe just one pin-up. They spared no expense on this beefcakey image of folkloric figure Wayland the Smith to open Chapter 3:

On the other hand, while it was nice of them to provide a map of Great Britain and the fae kingdoms thereon, they seem to have spared a bit of expense generating it.

Aside from the slightly vague borders and the fact that the map highlights several places which aren’t even talked about in the book, this is best paired with another map that doesn’t have quite so many misspellings. (“Glasglow”, indeed…)

your hosts

Josh Hillerup (any pronoun) dares not dream, for fear of dwelling on the dark and arcane knowledge of Other London and Other Hull…
Pooka G (any pronoun/they) ny vynn kewsel Sowsnek!

“You English really don’t have a sense of humor, do you?”
“We do if something’s funny, sir.”
Gosford Park